We have an old cat and he stays inside for most of the winter. Occasionally he stands at the doorway and sniffs the air to be sure that inside is the best place for him, but lately he has been going out daily. He does not stay out there for a long time, but he is eager and willing to try. The old Labrador (15 in May) has really suffered from the long and cold winter. She has refused to come with me for a walk during the past mid-winter months, we have gone out, she has taken a few steps and then she has turned back to the door thinking that the world is too hostile and that it is safer to be inside. We all have been watching her with sad eyes thinking that any day she could be gone. She has not been in pain, she has been just exhausted and sleeping a lot. She has been eating well and has behaved according to her nature, she is gentle and friendly, never a bad word about anyone. Even the little rascal, Kukka, who every single day tries to pull her tail (even thought we tell her not to always) never gets a scolding from her. Every night when I have said good night to her, I have been saying in my mind, that it is just fine if you don't want to wake up in the morning, and that you have been a good companion, together we raised three beautiful girls, you have done your share and more even. So you get the feeling that I have been watching with awe when during the last two weeks she has been with me for a short walk every day. When the sun shines, the temperature is mild, she is sniffing all around, she even runs occasionally, wags her tail outside and I can almost see her smile. And I think to myself that again, we made it together through the long and bitter Arctic Winter.
This year Miina will be 15, Mr Cat (Kille) will turn 14, Tina 5 and little Kukka will be 2 next week.
Do you love knitting hats? If you do, you should buy this book "Twisted Woolly Toppers" by Woolly Wormhead. I got it myself last week and already knitted one hat "Medici" (scroll down) from it and wore it once and in its maiden voyage it practically just flew from my head to another one, I did not even manage to take a picture of it. The pattern was easy, quick and the hat turned out just beautiful. I loved it and will knit myself another one soonest. The book has 10 designs in different sizes and I would love to knit every single one and hopefully will in the coming months. And speaking of hats, there is another source that I have been visiting. I saw the advertisement of Stitch Diva Studios in Interweave Crochet and I knew I needed to buy the beautiful pattern for the crocheted cloche. Have a look!